Logan County Career Expo

Logan County Career Expo
Posted on 03/14/2019
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Area employers are in the market to attract quality workers, while local students are looking for job opportunities and beyond. 

Both came together at the Annual Logan County Career Expo at Indian Lake High School Thursday, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, the Logan County Collaborative and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Nearly 60 local businesses were set up in the ILHS main gym and auxiliary gym, grouped into categories such a manufacturing, STEM related, health and human services, law enforcement, food service and more. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine City Schools, Benjamin Logan, Calvary Christian, Indian Lake, Ohio Hi-Point, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem attended the event in shifts throughout the day. 

Megan Cauley, from the Logan County Department of Job and Family Services, gave an opening presentation before students entered the expo. She says there’s a plethora of jobs available at this time.  

“In every industry you can imagine, whether it’s medical or automotive manufacturing, even clerical, which is typically hard to come by, there’s many, many jobs throughout the area.” 

Aubrey Griggs from Plasti-Pak in Jackson Center confirms it is an “employees market.” The team from Plasti-Pak brought a demo machine to attract students to their booth demonstrating how they make plastic packaging for detergent and more. 

Griggs explained to students, “We pay very well for the area. We’re also a very stable industry.” 

Students were able to talk with business representatives, fill out employment applications and even interview for available positions or summer employment. 

Indian Lake senior Justin Collins interviewed for two different positions and is pleased with his prospects. 

“My interviews both went very well. I’m hoping that scheduling works out with both places for wherever I go to college next year.”

Meantime, senior Dakota McKinnon was excited to talk with representatives from the Logan County Engineer’s Office. 

“I’m going to the University of Akron next year to study mechanical engineering, so I’m hoping for solid opportunities and connections before I go.”

Cauley said feedback from local businesses indicates that young people should practice their interview skills to effectively talk about their abilities and interests. 

This is the fourth year for the Logan County Career Expo at Indian Lake High School. 

 

Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo. 

Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo.